FAVORITE BOOKS I'VE READ THIS YEAR (SO FAR)
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- •The Empathy Exams: Leslie JamisonCan't recommend this book enough: As someone who loves to look at the intersections of disparate ideas, I adored Jamison's examinations of how we experience pain of both ourselves and others. It's a reminder that even the emotions we think we can understand are always more complicated and nuanced than we expect them to be. It's too hard to pick a standout from this collection.
- •The Opposite of Loneliness: Marina KeeganI read a review of her essays that talked about how she embraces sounding young in her prose, which kind of reminds me of Tavi Gevinson and her goals of being earnest and sentimental at Rookie. Because of this, Marina's voice is powerful and consistent through her fiction and nonfiction alike. The essay I think about most from this book is "Even Artichokes Have Doubts," which put to words so much of what I worry about post-college and should be required reading for all college students
- •The Unspeakable: Meghan DaumLove her essays, especially "Matricide"--she is honest and delivers on her promise to say what society teaches us to avoid
- •Bad Feminist: Roxane GayReading this book is like having a conversation with a friend, but a friend with clear, well-argued opinions. I especially love when she combines theory, pop culture, and personal experience, like in the brilliant "What We Hunger For"
- •The Argonauts: Maggie NelsonThe title of this book comes from a rocket ship that replaces its parts in space so that, by the time it returns to earth, it is an entirely new ship, but still bears the same name. Nelson compares that to saying "I love you" and how it means something different each time you say it and to each person you say it to despite being the same phrase. This and so many other beautiful quotes and ideas in the work.
- •On Immunity: Eula BissI love when books combine cultural critique with such high quality writing. Also short chapters
- •Belzhar: Meg WolitzerRead Wolitzer's YA book because I loved The Interestings, and there are definitely similarities. It's not a perfect book, I don't think, but it takes an interesting twist at the end that I appreciated. It is a little pushy with its message about the importance of literature in schools and teaching writing as a form of self-expression and understanding, but it's hard to argue with one I so wholeheartedly stand behind.